A Conversation with H.E. Mr. Nimal Weeraratne on “SRI LANKA in Transformation”

  • A Conversation with H.E. Mr. Nimal Weeraratne on “SRI LANKA in Transformation” :
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“History lies buried in the sands, and ghosts of romance lurk among its bastioned rocks, for Lanka is very very old” wrote D.J.G.Hennessey in a book titled “Green Isles” in 1949.

Sri Lanka is an island nation with a recorded history of over 2500 years.

From ancient times Sri Lanka was known as a hub in the Indian Ocean. The ancient world identified the island state with many names such as Lanka, Serendib, Taprobane and Ceylon.

Sri Lanka was colonized by the British much like Singapore. Since 1505 Sri Lanka was under foreign domination for almost 450 years, until the country got independence in 1948. The Portuguese and the Dutch had a foothold in the country at different times until the British occupation.

At the time of regaining independence, Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon, was well placed among other developing countries in comparison to many other countries that gained Independence at the same time.

Sri Lanka is Asia’s oldest democracy which has practiced Universal adult franchise from as early as 1931.

We were considered a model commonwealth country, prepared for independence with a relatively good standard of education, a civil service of trained locals and experienced in representative government.

Our country was plunged into a conflict for well over three decades.

Though violence ceased in May 2009, we couldn’t resume our long suspended dream for a better, peaceful, united future. We failed to seize the opportunity to achieve meaningful reconciliation and consolidate peace.

The new Government that was established after the January 2015 Presidential Elections has embarked on a journey to create “a new, united Sri Lanka that celebrates and draws strength from its multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious character; to build a nation that is reconciled and at peace with herself and connect with the world, upholding the dignity and human rights of all her citizens, restoring the rule of law, and good governance including transparency; and enabling investor-friendly and sound economic policies required for stability and equitable growth that is essential for the development and prosperity of the nation”.

  • Mr. Nimal Weeraratne

    High Commissioner.

    He was a legal practitioner, and a Senior Partner of a leading law firm VARNERS in Colombo, before assuming duties as High Commissioner. He is an Attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and holds a Diploma in International Trade Law & Practice from the University of Colombo. ...   Read More

    Mr. Nimal Weeraratne

    Mr. Nimal Weeraratne assumed duties as High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Singapore in November 2015. He was a legal practitioner, and a Senior Partner of a leading law firm VARNERS in Colombo, before assuming duties as High Commissioner. He is an Attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and holds a Diploma in International Trade Law & Practice from the University of Colombo. He was admitted to the roll of Solicitors (England & Wales). He was also admitted to the roll of Barristers & Solicitors in Australian Capital Territory and a Barrister of the High Court of Australia He had been a Director, Group Director, Managing Director and CEO of several private sector companies in Sri Lanka. He has held positions in International Associations including the Inter Pacific Bar Association.